University offering theology course featuring lyrics of Bruce Springsteen | Fox News
It may seem like the Christian world and entertainers of our popular culture are always at odds with each other. As this article from Fox News points out that is not always the case.
I am reminded of Romans 8:28 which tells us. “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”
We see here an example of how our secular work and our role as Christians are not as separate as you might think. As I wrote in my article The Three Vital Ministries of the Average Christian years ago every bible believing Christian is called to some form of ministry, not just those of us who pursue ministry in a vocational sense. God grants us gifts of certain talents to enable us to fulfill the ministry he has called us to. For some people these talents fall within the sphere of what we call entertainment.
What this course at Rutgers proves is that neither Springsteen or any other performer has to hide their faith in order to be successful as a secular entertainer. Roma Downey (Touched By An Angel, The Bible Miniseries) is another example. Now granted, we may not completely agree with how they portray their message, but i could just as easily say that about vocational ministers. The point is they are using their God given talents to showcase and spread God’s point of view. I take two things away from this, 1) we should all look at our secular life and see how we can use every part of it for our personal ministry. 2) We need more people in public life entertainers, public officials etc. who are willing to resist “putting their faith in a drawer.” when they clock in to work. Granted displaying, and conducting our faith in the world at large is done differently than when we are amongst each other,still like Sringsteen and Downey we must still make the effort.
- School offers theology class featuring Springsteen lyrics (foxnews.com)
- There’s a Bruce Springsteen Religion Class for College Kids Who Worship “The Boss” (newsfeed.time.com)
Posted on November 10, 2013, in Entertainment, Uncategorized and tagged Bruce Springsteen, Epistle to the Romans, lay ministry, priesthood of the believer, Roma Downey, Rutgers University, secular entertainers and faith. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.